Madeline and Azlan Lift Irish Trophies
Kirk Homes Irish Open 2010
30 Aug - 04 Sep, Dublin, $25k
 Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
11/5, 11/8, 11/3 (28 m
John Rooney (Irl)
11/5, 11/9, 11/4,
11-8, 11-4, 11-2 (38m)
11/9, 8/11, 9/11, 13/11, 11/5 (100 m)
 Chris Simpson (Eng)
[Q] Kristian Frost (Den)
 Joey Barrington (Eng)
11/8, 3/11, 11/7, 11/5 (59m)
Yann Perrin (Fra)
11/7, 9/11, 11/8 (77 mins)
 Chris Ryder (Eng)
11/6, 11/7, 11/5 (43m)
Julien Balbo (Fra)
[Q] Greg Marche (Fra)
13/11, 11/3, 11/7. 40m
 Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
11/8, 11/8, 12/10
8-11, 11-0, 9-11, 11-1, 11-4 (66m)
[Q] Bradley Hindle (Mlt)
12/10, 12/10, 3/11, 4/11, 11/5.
 Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
[Q] Borja Golan (Esp)
11/7, 11/8, 11/5. 44m
 Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
11/7, 11/9, 11/7
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
9/11, 4/11, 11/4, 11/4, 11/5.
 Stewart Boswell (Aus)
Cannon Kirk Homes Irish
30 Aug - 04 Sep,
 Madeline Perry (Irl)
11/9, 11/4, 11/4 (25 mins)
[Q] Sina Wall (Ger)
11/7, 11/5, 11/3 25 mins
8-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-9 (66m)
13/11, 11/8, 11/6 (44 mins)
 Alana Miller (Can)
11/8, 11/6, 11/8. (37m)
[Q] Victoria Lust (Eng)
 Laura Massaro (Eng)
11/5, 11/2, 11/4 (25m)
Alexandra Norman (Can)
7/11, 11/2, 8/11, 11/3 ,11/8 60 mins
 Sarah Kippax
10/12,11/8, 11/7, 11/3, 44 m
[Q] Laura Hill (Eng)
[Q] Leonie Holt (Eng)
11/7, 11/6, 9/11, 11/6.
 Aisling Blake (Irl)
11/4, 11/4, 9/11, 11/3 (42 mins)
11-7, 11-6, 12-10 (42m)
Annelize Naudť (Ned)
11/8, 3/11, 11/5, 8/11,
 Natalie Grinham (Ned)
Lauren Siddall (Eng)
11/3, 11/3, 117. (23m)
 Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
11/7, 11/6, 11/7
Sharon Wee (Mas)
11/4, 11/6, 11/6. (20m)
 Natalie Grainger (Usa)
Madeline Perry won her 4th Canon Kirk Irish Open with an excellent
display against against Vanessa Atkinson of the Netherlands. Perry won by three
games to love. The first game could have gone either way. Indeed, Atkinson had
a game ball at 11 Ė 10. Perry was making plenty of uncharacteristic errors in
the first game while Atkinson played the short game very well. The turning
point of the match came in the 2nd game when Perry, who was leading 8
Ė 6 at the time, won a 60 shot rally. Atkinson tired visibly after this point
and she seemed deflated while Perry, who is one of the hardest hitters in the
game upped her pace and intensity to take the 2nd game 11- 8 and she
raced through the 3rd game 11 Ė 6. It captures another great success
for the Banbridge woman coming just two weeks after her victory in the
The Menís title
was won by the Malaysian Azlan Iskander who beat Spainís Borja Golan in an epic
5 game match. Indeed Golan, had two match balls in the 4th game.
The first 4 games were very tightly contested but Iskanderís greater fitness
levels showed winning the decider 11 Ė 6.
the drop shot to great effect while Golanís reflexes and retrieving were
excellent. All in all, the Malaysian probably just about deserved to win his
first Irish Open while Perry will be thrilled with her victory.
Top Seeds Make
Irish Open Finals In Dublin
Both top seeds will
contest the finals of the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Squash Open in
Dublin Ė but against unexpected opponents on the final day of the
established men's and women's Tour event at the
Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club.
the 2008 runner-up from Malaysia who is the men's favourite, cruised to his
third successive straight games win in the $25,000 PSA World Tour event
by beating England's fifth seed Chris Ryder 11-8, 11-4, 11-2.
world No14 from Kuala Lumpur is celebrating the 15th Tour final appearance of
his career, and the third of the year.
Golan reached his third PSA final of the year as a qualifier Ė and notched
up the 30th of his career - after battling to an 8-11, 11-0, 9-11, 11-1, 11-4
win over fellow qualifier Gregoire Marche, of France.
Golan, a former
world No10, is on a comeback trail after undergoing major knee surgery. Ranked
outside the top 100 four months ago, the 27-year-old has already made
significant progress - with two Tour titles under his belt since June.
Madeline Perry earned her fifth appearance in the women's $25,300 WISPA
World Tour event final after beating England's fourth seed Laura Massaro,
the 2008 champion, 8-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-9 in a keenly-contested 66-minute
from Banbridge, near Belfast, earned the biggest title of her career at the
Australian Open last month Ė and will be hoping to win her fourth Irish Open
title since 2005.
But the top seed's
opponent will be Vanessa Atkinson, the former world champion from the
Netherlands whom she has not beaten in six Tour meetings since 2002 Ė two of
which have been in the Irish Open (in 2003 and 2004).
Atkinson, the fifth
seed, denied the crowd the event's first ever all-Irish final when she beat
Aisling Blake, the No7 seed from Sligo, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10.
The win takes
Atkinson into her second WISPA final of the year Ė but the 38th of her career.
Irelandís Aisling Blake, seeded no. 7 had a
fantastic win over the current world number 7 and former world no. 2, Natalie
Grinham (NED). Aisling proved herself to be the fitter, faster and more
consistent player despite Natalieís impressive international career. A winner of
13 WISPA titles, this is Natalieís first tournament following the birth of her
baby son Kieran 2 months ago.
Irelandís other female contestant also progressed
to the semi-finals. Madeline Perry, seeded no. 1 and world ranked no. 6, had a
straight forward win over Englandís Victoria Lust who came through from the
In the menís draw, number 3 seed Joey Barrington
(ENG) was defeated by number 5 seed Chris Ryder, also of England.
Irish number one and number one seed in the
Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Squash Open, Madeline Perry had a smooth win over Sina
Wall of Germany in straight sets. This performance keeps Madeline on track for
her fourth Irish Open title.
Irelandís Aisling Blake also progressed to the
quarter-finals, beating Leonie Holt of England in four sets.
In the menís event, seeds tumbled to qualifiers
in the lower half of the draw. Mark Krajcsak (HUN) seeded 7 had the toughest
opponent in former winner, Spanish Borja Golan, who came through in three
straight sets. Borja, a former world no. 10, had to come through the qualifiers
and is clearly back in form and a serious contender for the title.
Qualifier Bradley Hindle (MLT) had an impressive
victory over no. 4 seed Nicolas Mueller (SUI), coming through in four sets.
Frenchman Gregoire Marche accounted for the
defeat of former Cannon Kirk finalist Davide Bianchetti (ITA), seeded 6.
Bianchetti looked out of form, losing to a more consistent player.
Finally, fellow Frenchman Castagnet beat no. 2
seed Stewart Boswell of Australia in a five set marathon lasting 72 minutes.
Elsewhere in the womenís event, former world no.
1 Natalie Grainger (USA) had an easy win over Sharon Wee of Malaysia. Natalie
Gringham (NED) seeded 3 and competing in her first event since having a baby two
months ago, came through a tough match against Annelize Naude (NED) in five
Former Irish Open champion and world number 1
Vanessa Atkinson (NED) had an easy win over qualifier Lauren Siddall (ENG).
Qualifier Victoria Lust (ENG) took out number 8 seed Alanna Miller (CAN), who
plans to study medicine this year in NUI Galway.
Dark horse Borja
Golan, who has been out of the game for 10 months and is a former winner of the
competition, had to come through the qualifying draw in the Cannon Kirk Homes
Irish Squash Open. He slipped easily into the main draw of the competition this
afternoon, beating Joel Hinds of England in three sets.
Brandley Hindle of
Malta came through a very contentious five set victory over Shaun Le Roux of
England, in a match that lasted 93 minutes.
The main draw of
the competition begins tomorrow, where Irelandís Madeline Perry, recent winner
of the Australian Open plays English qualifier Sina Wall at 7pm. Madeline is the
top seed in a very competitive draw which sees two former world number ones;
Vanessa Atkinson and Natalie Grainger.
Blake of Sligo is seeded seven, and is drawn against qualifier Leonie Holt,
playing at 6pm tomorrow. Aisling has recently reached a ranking of 24 in the
The qualifying rounds for the 2010 Canon Kirk Irish Squash Open began today at
Fitzwilliam. Unfortunately, Irelandís Arthur Gaskin, Keith Moran and Niall
Rooney both lost in the opening round. Irish hopes for this evening rest on
Derek Ryan who is currently taking on Englandís Shaune le Roux who has just won
the opening game. Ryan is fresh from winning the World over 40ís Masters title
in Germany at the weekend. Former winner, Borja Golan, who has been out of
the game injured for ten months, came through his opening qualifying match
Englandís Leonie Holt and Canadaís Samantha Cornett had noteable victories in
the Ladies competition, both coming from two games down to win their matches.
Maud Duplomb (FRA) bt Sandra Polak (AUT) 11/7, 11/3, 11/8
Sina Wall (GER) bt Emily Whitlock (ENG) 11/5, 11/7, 11/7 32
Laura Pomportes (FRA) bt Carrie Ramsey (ENG) 11/8, 11/8,
11/8 36 Mins
Leonie Holt (ENG) bt Celia Allamargot (FRA) 7/11, 6/11,
11/6, 12/10, 11/6 43 Mins
Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt Zephanie Curgenven (ENG) 13/11,
11/5, 8/11, 9/11, 11/5 32 Mins
Laura Hill (ENG) bt Coline Aumard (FRA) 11/4, 11/8, 11/2 18
Lotte Eriksen (NOR) bt Olga Ertlova (CZE) 11/4, 11/9, 11/9
Borja Golan (ESP) bt Ben Ford (ENG) 11/4, 11/4, 11/3 30
Joel Hinds (ENG) bt Jens Schoor (GER) 12/10, 8/11, 11/5,
11/5 50 Mins
Brandley Hindle (MLT) bt Arthur Gaskin (IRL) 11/9, 11/7,
11/8 40 Mins
Christian Frost Olesen (DEN) bt Neil Hitchens (ENG) 11/6,
11/7, 5/11, 12/10 59 Mins
Matthew Kawalski (AUS) bt Keith Moran (IRL) 11/8, 11/2,
11/7 21 Mins
Gregorie Marche (FRA) bt Niall Rooney (IRL) 11/7, 11/9, 11/7
Shaun Le Roux (ENG) bt Derek Ryan (IRL) 11/7, 11/7, 11/7 31
Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) bt Peidro Schweertman (NED) 14/16,
11/4, 11/3, 8/11, 11/9 69 Mins
Australian Open Champion
Madeline Perry Leads Field In Cannon Kirk Irish Open
The 2010 Cannon Kirk Irish Squash Open has
attracted a World Class field in the Womenís and Menís draws. Organisers are
thrilled that the event which had to be cancelled in April due to the volcanic
ash cloud has attracted a stronger entry than ever before.
A particularly strong Womenís draw is headed by
Irish number 1 Madeline Perry who has just won the Australian Open and will
undoubtedly be ranked in the world top 5 in the next ranking in September.
Madeline already has a win over world number 1, Nicol David, (Malaysia) and
world Number 2, Jenny Duncalf (England). Natalie Grainger of the USA is seeded
at 2 in the draw.
Two previous World Champions, Natalie Grainger
and Vanessa Atkinson also compete in the event, where all the top seeds are in
the top twenty six players in the World.
Irelandís Aisling Blake, who is currently at her
highest World ranking of twenty six, is 8th seed.
The Menís event sees the return of Mohd Azlan
Iskandar who is currently ranked fourteen in the World. Top seed Iskandar, a
finalist in 2008, will hope to go one step further this year. Hot on his heels
is second seed, Australian Stewart Boswell, who is currently ranked eighteen in
the World. With the return from injury of former Irish Open champion, Spainís
Borja Golan, the top seeds are guaranteed a tough passage if they are to reach
Irelandís John Rooney, who is currently ranked
eighty one in the world has received a wild card entry to the tournament.
The qualifying competition starts on the 30th
August in Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Ranelagh. Main draw matches begin on
1st September at 2pm. Entry to all rounds is free!